18 August 2010

Introducing Sheridan

Today Sheridan turns 2.

I thought it would be fitting to share our announcement of his birth. I had grand plans of ordering baby announcements, but adjusting to new parenthood meant I never had the time to really pick out a picture, an announcement, order them, etc., and after sending pictures and an email to over 200 friends/family just 4 days after he was born, we figured we had covered our bases :)

Here it is, word-for-word, including the images we sent...


Hi, Everyone!

Gary and I are thrilled to let you know that our healthy baby boy, Sheridan Michael, was born on August 18th!

His stats: he weighed 7 lbs, 12 oz and measured 20 inches long at birth, and as you can see from the pictures below he has a ton of hair! He's perfect (that's our objective opinion and we're sticking to it!).

As some of you might notice from his pictures, Sheridan was diagnosed with Down Syndrome shortly after birth. Gary and I know Sheridan came to the right place... Who else can offer him the love and support we (and all of our family & friends!) can? We have access to great services in our area, and most importantly we know there are no limits to what Sheridan can accomplish. He is healthy, happy, and so much fun!

I apologize for taking so long to send out this announcement... Many of you have likely already learned that we had an extended hospital stay because I had severe bleeding after Sheridan's birth (I lost half my blood volume). I'm on the road to recovery now, but please be patient with us as we are slow to respond to email and phone while I continue to recover (and we adjust to parenthood!).

Gary and I are doing well and we're so excited about our new, growing family! Sheridan is truly a joy and I can't wait for you all to meet him!

We hope you all are well...


Lisa, Gary, & Sheridan


Two confessions:

1. Neither Gary nor I "saw" the Ds features the doctor told us about when she gave us the diagnosis. But I didn't know any other way to break that ice... I debated whether or not it was "appropriate" to mention his diagnosis in his birth announcement, but I didn't want people to feel like we were hiding it either (because we weren't). And how do you mention it at a later date when we see/talk to somebody? Weird. So we just put it out there so everyone knew, and everyone would know how we felt about his diagnosis.

2. It amazed me to read this two years later. We truly meant every. single. word. we said in Sheridan's birth announcement; however, we were struggling with the diagnosis. I'm just in awe that I drafted this quick note as a placeholder (remember I was planning to send gorgeous baby announcements?) and that it shows the love, advocacy, support, and potential for Sheridan that I see today.

Maybe I'm psychic :)



    I LOVE that birth announement and I don't think you could have done it any better. =)

    LOVE LOVE LOVE his chubby cheeks at birth!!!!


    What a great b-day announcement. I don't think there's any way I could have done one nearly as eloquent and perfect at that point in time. I really wanted nothing to say or do with talking to anyone. Good thing I smartened up! LOL. And you know, I couldn't tell Kaia had DS when she was born either, even after we were told. I look back at her baby pictures now and I wonder how I couldn't...it's so completely obvious. Ironically, I don't see it in her now either, so people must totally think I'm a quack.

    Hope he has an amazing day.

  3. Beautiful announcement and absolutely Sheridan came to the PERFECT family for his PERFECT little self :) Imagine my confusion when I did immediately "see" Joaquin's DS and no one else did. Fortunately I too fell head over heels in love with him but looking back it was such a surreal first few months of "knowing" but not knowing.
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY SHERIDAN!!! May just have to run by there today and squeeze you big boy!

  4. It's lovely- and so wonderful that you were able to see his beauty and potential from so early on.You aren't psychic- you just know your heart. Happy Birthday beautiful boy!

  5. That was beautiful! I only wish that our announcement email was a fraction as supportive, accepting and strong as yours was. Great job!!!

  6. Look at those sweet little newborn cheeks!!
    I'm in love!

    Happy birthday, Sweet boy!

  7. Beautiful announcement, truly well done. We included Alayna's diagnosis in her announcement too.
    Happy 2nd birthday Sheridan, hope your day is as wonderful as you are!

  8. A wonderful announcement, and perfectly put! I suddenly came to the realization the other day that we never did a birth announcement for Samantha. Not because of any particular reason, other than that we're kinda non-traditional like that. Now I wonder if anyone thought we didn't want to send them out because of her diagnosis, which is definitely not the case. Maybe I'm just being paranoid. Anyway, looks like your subconscious mind knew all the answers immediately, even if your conscious mind was in turmoil.

  9. Happy Birthday sweet boy. Give him a big hug from Madi! What a beautiful announcement...he truly is in the right place!!

  10. Happy Birthday Sheridan!!! Waht a handsome boy! A beautiful announcement!!! We didn't find out until later that Parker had DS, so the announcements had already gone out. I'm looking forward to our annual CHristmas letter this year where we can shock friends and family with the dx and the open heart surgery, LOL. Although most obviously already know!!!

  11. What a wonderful way to reflect back, and realize how you were dealing with it all from the beginning so well! Happy, Happy Birthday to YOU and GARY as well (In Holland we tell the parents and sibs Happy Birthday, it is a milestone for everyone. It is one of the customs I love). HUGS OXOXOXO

  12. happy belated 2nd birthday to Sheridan! Loved your birth announcement and how you explained everything!

  13. photo no 2 cutest pic ever <3